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Limoncello and Lime Flat Cakes

Limoncello – a divine Italian liqueur – soaked up in our own special flat cupcakes with lots of cream make for one ridiculously good dessert or a great accompaniment for afternoon tea!


Ingredients
Makes 12
Sponge
100g butter
100g caster sugar
Tiny pinch salt
2 medium eggs
100g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
Limoncello syrup
150ml bottled/fresh lime juice
150g caster sugar
50ml Limoncello liqueur
Icing
80g butter
80g icing sugar
Pink food colouring
Cream (whipped double cream/squirty cream)
Method
-       Note: make sure eggs and butter room temp before starting!
-       Heat oven to 180C
-       Cream together the butter, sugar, salt until pale and fluffy and beat in the eggs slowly (add a little flour if the mixture starts to curdle)
-       Add in the flour or the rest of the flour – depending on whether you used some to prevent the mixture curdling!
-       Divide mixture into well greased non-stick cupcake tin tray and bake for 15-20 mins
-       Make syrup by heating the lime juice and sugar in a pan and bring to the boil; allow this to cool before you add the Limoncello liqueur
-       Once the cakes are out of the oven wait 10mins or so before you brush the syrup on top (be generous!)
-       Allow the liqueur to soak into the sponge while you make the icing: simply cream the icing sugar and butter and food colouring together (we did ours slightly differently but if you want standard butter icing then this is the format)
-       Pipe cream on top and indulge!

By Melodie Walter

Eggs-cellent

This is Easter Bank Holiday weekend and we couldn’t let it pass by without making something that involves two of the main staples: chocolate and eggs!  Eggster All Sorts cakes are quick and easy to make, and lots of fun too. 
Makes 14

Cake mixture
- 2 eggs
- 2 ½ cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ¾ tsp salt
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 ¼ cups butter
Cake topping
- Sprinkles
- 100g Vanilla white chocolate
- 100g Mini chocolate eggs
- 3 small caramel eggs
- Gold rainbow dust from the Edible Silk Range
- Heat the oven to 190C.
- Cream the butter, honey and sugar together. Stir in both the eggs and vanilla extract.
- Add the flour, salt and baking soda. Mix.
- Put 8 generous spoonfuls of the cake mixture on an ungreased baking sheet (about 2 inches apart).
- Put the rest of the mixture in a non-stick12-cup muffin tray.
- Bake for 10 mins or until golden.
- While they are baking, unwrap your Lindt mini eggs, and larger Cadbury eggs (you may want to cut these into halves).
- Once baked, place a chocolate egg into the centre of each cake.
- Leave the cakes to cool for 25-30 mins.
- Break up your bar of white Lindt vanilla chocolate and melt.
- Use a spoon to cover the cakes with the melted chocolate in fun designs (try to vary – this is the fun part) and add sprinkles onto the chocolate.
- Sprinkle the gold rainbow dust over the chocolate egg.
The beauty of these cakes is that they are all about variation – hence the name ‘all sorts’. And seeing as it is Easter, you can add as much sugary goodness as you like, guilt-free!
By Melodie Walter